How do you measure a year? “In service to others” is how Freddi Roberson answers this question posed in the song “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent.
There are 8,760 hours in a year, and Freddi Roberson has contributed more hours of service than that with an astounding 8,950 hours of giving back to homebound older adults and others. This super volunteer and other older adult volunteers were recognized at The Toledo Police Department and Area Office on Aging’s Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol Volunteer Recognition Dinner on December at the Premier Banquet Complex.
The RSVP Patrol Program, which is a joint effort between the Toledo Police Department and the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, utilizes volunteers age 55 and better who, after being trained, go and check the well-being of homebound older adults once a week. They also check the homes of people who are away on vacation, hospitalized, or in rehabilitation.The RSVP Patrol Program has been operating since September of 2000 and has proven to be very successful, even receiving a national award.